8 Films to Watch on Freeview TV This Week
Suffragette Sat 3/2 CH4 @ 21:00
The story of the suffragette movement in early 20th century Britain and the hardships they faced in the pursuit of rights for women. A rage inducing, angering, moving and stressful film but one that should be watched, not least for the fantastic cast led by Anne-Marie Duff, Carey Mulligan and Helena Bonham Carter who make the whole thing barrel along nicely.
The Hallow Sat 3/2 Film4 @ 22:55
A family moves into a remote Irish millhouse that is surrounded by woods. Of course they're not alone for in those woods lurks... well you're just going to have find that out for yourselves. This is a disturbing but very entertaining Irish take on the horror genre that's sprinkled with a bit of Celtic mysticism. It starts off slow but you'll have no fingernails left by the end. Joseph Mawle and Bojana Novakovic are especially effective in the lead roles.
How the West Was Won Sun 4/2 TCM @ 15:00
One of the all time greatest westerns right here. An epic and sprawling tale following one family over several decades from the Gold Rush to the arrival of the railroads. This is three hours of every Western you've ever seen all rolled into one. James Stewart, Henry Fonda, Debbie Reynolds, John Wayne head an all-star cast in this brilliantly entertaining and beautiful looking story.
Rear Window Mon 5/2 Film4 @ 16:40
A photographer with a broken leg and a lot of time to kill starts to notice suspicious goings-on in the apartment complex that he lives in and overlooks. Alfred Hitchcock's thriller is an absolute cracker; funny, immersive, and littered with tension, lovely characters and nail biting set-pieces. It would to be influential too. James Stewart and Grace Kelly are an absolute joy to watch in a film everyone, young and old, will love.
Slumdog Millionaire Tues 6/2 More4 @ 21:00
A teenage boy from Mumbai looks back on his life after he finds himself in a precarious position following an appearance on a famous gameshow. A stunning and uplifting film that gives a fantastic insight into life within one of the most densely populated places on earth. It's a film that's hard to watch at times but it's so worth sticking with especially given it's Dev Patel's first film role. Spoiler: he nails it.
Doomsday Wed 7/2 Syfy @ 21:00
In the near future, a deadly virus has destroyed Scotland and turned it into a savage wasteland. When the virus threatens England a woman must venture north to find the cure. Rhona Mitra has a ball as the lead of this insanely violent and extremely entertaining mix of Outbreak by way of Mad Max 2. Medieval fights, car chases and cannibalism are just some of the treats on display here - great craic if you have the stomach for it.
The Dressmaker Wed 7/2 Film4 @ 21:00
This strange, surreal and funny tale of a woman returning to the small Australian town that spurned her proves to be a very different kind of revenge thriller. Based on Rosalie Ham's gothic novel and adapted by director Jocelyn Moorhouse and P.J. Hogan (Muriel's Wedding), Kate Winslet is superb in this darkly satirical tale-come-Western of love, revenge and 1950s haute couture. Her Aussie accent is grand but then, it was back in 1999 when she made Holy Smoke. Judy Davis is, as usual, excellent, and the rest of the cast including Liam Hemsworth, Hugo Weaving and Sarah Snook are great in support.
Looper Fri 9/2 BBC2 @ 23:05
Set in the near future where unwanted people are disposed of by sending them back in time to be killed. Straightforward, right? Well, until a hitman (a 'looper') comes face-to-face with his latest target; an older version of himself. This is a magnificently original piece of sci fi/action, fun, brutal and intelligent (if a little mind boggling). Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Willis have a whale of a time playing Joe and Emily Blunt is superb as a protective mother caught up in it all.